I forgot about this!!

A couple of weeks ago I was looking for something in my quilting closet and came across a piece that I had forgotten about completely!!!

The story goes back to 2011 when Michael and I were visiting with friends in Chaing Mai, Thailand. One night after dinner, we headed out to the center of old-town to the Nighttime Walking Market…..isn’t that a great name!!!

The weather didn’t cooperate so we didn’t have long there but I was able to make one special purchase…….

This applique piece is 37 x 20 and is an amazing example of fine applique!!

I love all of the animals, especially the monkey sporting USA Red-white-and-blue…..

And look at the fine appliqued details, especially in the black monkey…..

Those hands are TINY!!

I especially love the fabric used for the river…..

The piece gets even more interesting when you look at the back…..

…..and realize that it is a panel of sorts with the “grass” printed on the fabric and line designs of all of the animals printed as well.

Look at #35 from the back…..

….and then from the front…..

I would love to have seen the people actually doing the applique but this market was just for sales. Sadly, I didn’t pay much for it which means that the creators were making pennies!!

But, what a talent they have!!!

Now the big question is “What do I do with this?”

It is kind of funky and I am not sure that it would hang well in my home. Frankly, that is probably why it was put in a box and forgotten about over 10 years ago!!!

But, maybe it is time to get it out and use it.

What would you do with it??

Travel here we come!!

HOORAY….travel is returning!!

Today, Michael and I are flying out to Mozambique and will be in the bush for about 3 weeks.

While there, he will be researching a book that he is writing about the rebuilding of an ecosystem there. I am helping with the interviews and doing lots of photography. It is a bit daunting to be in charge of photos that will be used in a book, a Ted-X talk, and major magazine articles!!

I am hoping to blog while we are there but it is doubtful that the internet will cooperate!!

SO….. I am going to take you on a tour of the art in my studio!! I have so many fun items that have been procured over the years and I want to share them with you.

Come back tomorrow to start touring……